No accidents or injuries have been reported.
Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday the recall affects the RAV4 sport utility, Tacoma pickup and Lexus RX 350 luxury model, manufactured from March 2012 through December 2012.
Some 260,000 of the vehicles were sold in the U.S.
The Japanese automaker said the problem can cause stability control, anti-lock brakes and traction control to turn off, although standard braking will keep working.
The recall was announced Wednesday in North America along with a bigger global recall involving 1.9 million Prius hybrid vehicles, over a different software problem.
Toyota suffered massive recalls starting in 2009, affecting more than 14 million vehicles for problems including floor mats, gas pedals and brakes.